Heather Altenburg has studied under world renowned teachers such as Deb Neubaur, Desiree Rumbaugh and Marc St. Pierre, all of whom are strongly influenced by the Anusara lineage of yoga. Through these teachers and others, Heather has learned precise alignment principles with strong awareness to the breath that helps create openings in the body as well as the mind and heart center. Heather’s classes are thoughtful, heartfelt and inspiring with creative sequencing. She believes strongly in the transformational qualities of yoga. Feeling more grounded and connected to herself and others with each day of her own practice both on and off the mat, Heather enjoys supporting others on their own journey as they explore and experience their own sense of awakening.Having taught Spanish for twelve years to high school students, middle school students, and pre-school children, Heather is comfortable in the seat of the teacher, being sensitive to individual needs as students practice. She provides a calm presence and teaches from the heart. Heather feels it is her karma to teach and she is truly grateful to be able to combine her love of yoga with her love for teaching.
Tisha Bremner is an energetic and enthusiastic yoga teacher who aims to combine a life-affirming yogic philosophy, intelligent alignment principles and smart sequencing into her classes. She has a positive, creative and down-to earth approach to yoga and life. In her classes, she develops a clear vision, invites students to explore refined alignment principles and sets the stage for a long-term, safe asana practice. She provides a fun and approachable space while maintaining a firm commitment to the sacredness of the practice. You will feel safe, supported and uplifted!
Tisha was first introduced to yoga in 1990 through the tradition of Bhakti Yoga, where her passion was ignited! Her teaching style is influenced by Iyengar, Anusara and Vinyasa schools of yoga. She holds yoga teacher certifications from Deep Peace Yoga as well as YOGASpirit® Studios and is avid with continuing her exploration of the many facets of yoga by attending several advanced intensive workshops each year.
She is a skilled teacher in the hatha yoga tradition, which in addition to teaching regular yoga classes includes: individual, private yoga sessions, yoga therapeutics, restorative and gentle yoga, kids yoga, as well as prenatal and postnatal yoga. It is her greatest joy to teach and she loves sharing her energy and enthusiasm with groups of all ages. Visit her website.
Jennifer Queally has been an enthusiastic student of yoga for 20 years, she was originally certified to teach in the Kripalu lineage in1997. Jen believes wholeheartedly in the restorative benefits of yoga. Whether you are young or old, flexible or not, resistant or inspired, Jen welcomes all to join her on a spirited journey towards greater balance in body, mind, and spirit. She regards the yoga mat as a great laboratory for self reflection, discipline, and healing.Jen has competed two Yoga Alliance teacher trainings, studies regularly with master teachers, and has taken several extensive pilgrimages to India. She is committed to integrating ancient wisdom to suit modern times. Having studied with some of the world’s master teachers in the Anusara, Jivamukti, Astanga, and vinyasa yoga systems, Jen is eclectic in style blending the best from many traditions. She offers a practice that awakens strength, balance, flexibility and a powerful mind/body connection. Expect detailed alignment cues encouraging breath initiated movement.
Margo Rosingana began teaching yoga in Boulder, Colorado. She received her 500 hour RYT status with Yoga Alliance after completing her training in alignment based Vinyasa flow with Shannon Paige, Chris Muchow and Nancy Kate Williams. Since then, Margo has felt drawn to learn and delve deeper into the art of teaching restorative yoga. She completed Level I and II Anjali Restorative Yoga Teacher Training as well as Bhava Vinyasa Teacher Training, a practice that combines the fluidity of a vinyasa practice with the healing of intentional rest. She has truly gained an intense awareness and appreciation for the transformative power of yoga.Her Vinyasa classes offer a gentle intensity that is focused on connection to the breath and energetic alignment, while progressing towards a peak pose. Her restorative classes move the student through a series of supported poses with elements of imagery, guided meditation and Pranayama to allow the student to ease into a place of intentional rest. This past year, Margo designed and implemented a series of one on one sessions that were inspired by the transformational power of yoga. These are called Heart and Soul Sessions and are meant to be empowering to the student to break through ‘the funk’ in order to live a life more connected to their heart and soul.With roots in New England, Margo recently moved to Portland, ME with her husband to be closer to family and the ocean, one of her favorite teachers.
Brett Russman Since becoming a nationally certified yoga instructor in 2004, Brett Russman teaches yoga classes with an uplifting sense of humor and precise instruction of alignment. He is known in the yoga community as a skillful practitioner and a teacher’s teacher for his dynamic, non-dogmatic and playful teaching style. With immense gratitude for Anusara Yoga, and for all of his teachers, Brett reveres teaching yoga as his life’s calling and service. For more information visit his website.
Genell Huston studio owner, Hatha yoga teacher, mom, dedicated partner, and keen adventurerThe practice of yoga has been inspiring her life since 1999 through movement, intention, reflection, and bliss. Genell has completed two National Yoga Alliance Teacher Trainings, and continues to be inspired to grow her practice and teachings by ongoing trainings with teachers both locally and nationally. She brings her bright personality, keen understanding of alignment, creative sequencing, and love for the practice of yoga to each class. All levels are welcome to join her classes. Expect to move with thoughtful engagement and to challenge yourself to be present with your breath and body throughout class.As studio owner and yoga teacher, she is thrilled to be able to offer the Portland community a space to practice and collectively celebrate our innate, playful, spirited selves through movement.
Yoga has provided a platform for Genell to further explore her relationship with her self, her community, and the natural world around. She believes in the practice involving and evolving into more than just asanas (physical postures). The keen awareness, appreciation, joy, and respect that is cultivated through the poses and meditation is carried with her off her mat. Whether it is watching her son take his first steps, surfing on the coast, honest conversations with her husband, biking on a brilliant sunny day, laughing with friends, or planting in her garden, Genell sees the beauty in the natural gifts that surround us and embraces life with zeal.
Allison Zuchman is a Hatha Yoga instructor. She has a calm, clear, fun and heartfelt presence. Whether a very beginner or an experienced yoga student, Allison will help you improve your flexibility and strength, find proper alignment in each yoga posture, and coordinate your movement with your breath. Allison’s yoga class is a safe, comfortable and non-judgmental space where you can be exactly who you are, where you can find your own pace and rhythm, where you can find your own self-expression, peace and happiness.
Elizabeth Brazier completed a 200-hour training with Shiva Rea and is certified to teach Prana Flow yoga. She leads the class through innovative sun salutations and creatively sequenced standing poses, arm balances, backbends, inversions and twists. Her presence in the studio invites both introductory and experienced students.
In addition to teaching yoga, Elizabeth teaches middle school Spanish. Currently, she is studying for her masters in Contemplative Education at Naropa University. Elizabeth is learning how to live with integrity by softening the boundaries between her inner and outer experiences. She invites her students to observe their inner sensations as well, as they outwardly express various poses. Elizabeth believes that cultivating this non-dualistic perspective uncovers the skill and intuition to safely explore within the practice.
David Vaughan has been studying yoga for the past 12 years and is an Anusara inspired teacher. His initial 200-hour Anusara teacher training was with Master Teacher Deb Neubauer. He has additional teacher training with Sianna Sherman and Noah Maze, and Advanced teacher Training with Todd Norian and Betsy Downing. David brings a strong understanding of anatomy and physiology to his teaching based on 20 years of teaching biology. After finding tremendous healing of a long-term back problem through the practice of yoga, David has a keen interest in the therapeutic applications of yoga and has studied Anusara therapeutics with Anthony Bogart, Sianna Sherman and Jenny Otto, and he received his Yoga Therapy Certification through the Ananda Seva Mission in Santa Rosa, CA.
Gentle and encouraging in speech, David offers classes and workshops that are authentic, safe, fun, challenging and thoughtfully sequenced. With his unique blend of focus on the breath, the body and the spirit, David’s heartfelt teaching provides every student the chance to bring the inner and outer bodies into alignment.
Jamie Worster is a Mama, a Certified Hatha + Prenatal yoga teacher and DONA trained Doula. Jamie has been a student of yoga since 2001. She earned her certification from YogaWorks in Los Angeles, CA and has studied under Seane Corn, Annie Carpenter and Gurmukh. With her bright warmth and down-to-earth style, Jamie’s teaching draws on multiple disciplines including Vinyasa flow, Iyengar, and Kundalini. Jamie is honored to share the joy and empowerment that is cultivated through community, meditation, yoga postures, and breath work. She believes the practice of yoga offers a chance to pause, to bring patience to the mind, articulation to the body and empowerment to the heart. Jamie offers classes that are safe, challenging, well sequenced-and fun!
Kristy Scher describes yoga as “the art of embodied joy,” a belief that is the guiding principle for her own practice and her inspiration for teaching. Kristy’s classes offer a potent combination of intelligent alignment and a whole lot of heart with the invitation to explore self-compassion and the spirit of play on the mat. She is a certified yoga teacher with over 600 hours of advanced training in anatomy and physiology, asana, breath-work, and meditation. She loves to teach meditation and yoga nidra, and has taught yoga with a variety of populations from teens to seniors to recovery communities. Kristy holds teaching certificates from Kriplau and Todd Norian, with whom she has studied most extensively. She is also a Registered Nurse and Lactation Consultant.
Skye Adams’s yoga path began in Vermont in 2000, but truly deepened with Kathleen Swinbourne at The Yoga Exchange in Portland in 2003. Skye practiced Kripalu, Anusara, and Vinyasa Flow for seven years before heading to Austin, Texas, and joining Yoga Yoga’s 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program.
While teaching and pursuing advanced training in Austin, Skye developed her teaching style, rooted in classical alignment, breath and body awareness, presence of mind, and self love. She weaves in aspects of Ayurveda, the energetic body, philosophy, and homegrown parenting wisdom to create spirited, grounding classes that allow students to discover their own body’s abilities and thresholds, making traditional yoga principles applicable to modern life.
After becoming a mom in 2010, Skye began teaching Prenatal and Postnatal yoga, eager to bring a sense of grounding and connection to other expectant and new mothers.
Skye brought her family back to Maine last year, and she is excited to be part of the eclectic and supportive yoga community in Portland.
When she is not teaching, Skye can be found taking classes at Lila, exploring the beaches and islands of Casco Bay with her son, or at a local coffee shop editing on her laptop and drinking chai.